The Guilty Pleasures of “Puppet Master…”

Horror as a genre is not for everyone, and even those of us who enjoy it have our favorite sub-domains. One of my favorite niche franchises is that of Puppet Master, now having produced over a dozen films since the first one issued in 1989.

Now calling these inspired creations “puppets” is technically incorrect as they are actually marionettes, although of the autonomous Pinocchio type that function without strings, or even direct human guidance. Crafted by old world-type puppet master Andre Toulon, these puppets are infused with the souls of people who died fighting the Nazis, and have an axe to grind against them and other rotten individuals. Toulon had picked up the trick of animating the figures with transmigrated souls through Egyptian magic, and as we know the ancients were quite concerned with resurrecting things. A glowing green brew with which he infuses his creations keeps them perking. Each of the anthropomorphic Puppets has a distinct appearance, personality and skill set.

Consider Blade here. Skull-like but not quite a skull, he’s inhabited by the soul of a German scientist and doctor who wanted to work with Toulon, but was shot by the Nazis. Now he operates with a hook as one hand, and a blade for the other, and is arguably the leader of the Puppets. He has kind of a Goth appearance.

Then we have Six-Shooter, undeniably well-armed with three sets of them each brandishing a pistol. Cast in the mold of a dastardly western outlaw, he can use his arms to climb walls, like Dr. Octopus of Spiderman infamy, and has a memorable hee-hee-hee laugh. Other Puppets include Jester, Torch, Pinhead, Tunneler, and Leech Woman (don’t ask). These are just a few of the regulars, who at times serve for either good or evil as protagonists or antagonists. It can all get rather confusing, and their universe is far from seamless.

The series has prequels, sequels, and cross-overs which add to the general mayhem and confusion. While a horror series with considerable gore, there’s a bit of leavening humor throughout. One leaves each viewing wondering what exactly they have seen, but this strange brew of Egyptian magic I find oddly invigorating and certainly offbeat…

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7 Comments on “The Guilty Pleasures of “Puppet Master…””

  1. carycomic Says:

    The first two movies were the best ones in the franchise. If they had to go with a third movie, it should’ve been “Toyman vs. The Puppet Master.” With Tim Thomerson as a cop-from-a-lesser-known-galaxy-far-far-away shrunken via wormhole (while chasing his arch-enemy to Earth)!

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    • vulpesffb Says:

      There was a 2004 TV movie titled, “Puppet Master vs. Demonic Toys.” The Toys included Baby Oopsie Baby, who survived the battle…

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      • carycomic Says:

        Yeah, some of Full Moon Entertainment’s made-for-video stuff certainly deserves its cult-classic status. I would definitely love to have seen them at an Old School summer drive-in double feature!

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  2. carycomic Says:

    Oops! My bad. I meant to say “Dollman vs…”

    Brick Bardo was the title character’s “real name.”

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  3. carycomic Says:

    P.S.—Mountain Monsters is back on Travel Channel.

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    • vulpesffb Says:

      Yes…I could boost my viewership by covering the new episodes, but even I have my standards, low though they are! 🙀

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      • carycomic Says:

        According to yesterday’s Travel Channel marathon, Season 7 will involve their search for something called “The Smoke Wolf of Tygart Valley.” Two of the episodes seemed to indicate that some timber pirates were pulling a Scooby Doo!

        That is; till the dead coyotes were found. Now, assuming that the show has not willfully violated ASPCA standards, those were either taxidermy fabrications splashed with stage blood (chicken fat and tomato paste). Or… 😦

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